Review: Dr. Morita Snail Repair Essence Facial Mask ★★★★☆
Dr. Morita Snail Repair Essence Facial Mask contains snail slime extract which quickly penetrates deep into skin, and effectively repairs skin and maintains its elasticity. The included organic plants extracts give further nourishment and replenishment of moisture.
Snail slime is still one of the more popular ingredients in the Asian Beauty community due to the multiple benefits it provides. It is mainly made up of proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides and trace elements including copper, zinc, and iron, which are all essential for keeping the snail free of bacterial or fungal infections as well as helping them heal when they get scratches from sliding around the hard pavement.
My skin is feeling slightly dry and very irritated today. I’m also sporting a few white heads all over my face and have been ramping up my acid use to get rid of them. I’ve cleansed, toned, and exfoliated my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the packet, this gave off the typical sheet mask fragrance. Essence had a watery-gel consistency and did not come in a string-y mess like snail essences could get. It was only slightly drippy. There was 28 g of essence in the packet, which meant the body got some pampering too! The material was soft and thin, just a tad sturdier than silk masks. The perforated plastic really assisted with the unfolding and application process.
Fit was above average. It was a large enough sheet to fit all faces and had multiple deep cuts for easy adjustment. But I found the eye holes too small as I did get some essence in my eyes. Also, a small nose tent formed so I deepened the cut on the sides of the nose to flatten the tent.
Adherence was also above average thanks to the consistency of the essence and how soft and thin the material was. It was slipping down ever so slightly, I had to remain motionless the whole time. Halfway through the masking session, the material around the chin started to come loose.
I felt a stinging sensation upon wearing the mask. It only lasted a minute and was fine afterwards.
I was expecting the mask to dry out and show white patches around the 15 min mark, to my surprise, not only was it still damp at that point, it continued to stay damp till the 30 min mark. The excess essence went to my neck and body instead of re-wetting the mask.
Unlike most Taiwanese sheet masks, it took some time to pat in the essence. It dried down to a silky, slightly tacky finish. Hydration was just above average but nothing a moisturizer can’t resolve. My skin was hydrated enough to feel soft and plump, so much so that I noticed how smooth my skin texture was looking. Pores were also minimized. Since there was a stinging sensation in the beginning of the masking session, I was expecting redness. But not only were my cheeks not red, any prior redness had also been reduced. I did not notice any brightening nor pigment reducing effects.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Considering the price and effects of the mask, I’m highly impressed and would use it again! This is also great for all skin types.